How to Prevent Adverse Scarring after Surgery

Dec 12, 2011

All surgery leads to scars. There is no avoiding it: when the skin is cut, it heals and at the healing site there will be a scar, which may take years to fade.

However, plastic surgery scars are not the same as the scar you got from splitting your chin open at age ten. The incisions will be strategically placed, such as under the breast for a breast augmentation or along the curve of the ear for a facelift. And a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso uses a gentle touch when making incisions and when closing them to ensure that your scar will likely be very subtle. However, you also have a role to play in helping your scars fade. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Quit smoking—Smoking is very bad for your skin. Quitting helps ensure your skin has the resources it needs to heal the incision completely. You have to stop smoking temporarily for the surgery anyway, so what better time is there to quit completely?
  • Eat a balanced diet—Studies have shown that your diet can have a significant impact on your risk of undesirable results from your surgery, including adverse scarring. Ensuring your body has access to the right resources for recovery is likely to help your incisions heal more cleanly. This includes making sure you drink enough water to prevent dehydration.
  • Follow a skin care regimen—Before your surgery, we’ll recommend steps you can take to supplement your skin’s nutrition, but if you are considering plastic surgery, the time to start taking care of your skin is now. The longer you take care of your skin, the greater your benefit.
  • Tell us if you’re at risk for adverse scarring—If you have reason to believe you may be at risk for keloid scarring—especially if you or a family member has had them—tell us and we will let you know what you can do to prevent this particularly serious form of scar.
  • Follow Dr. Gayoso’s instructions—We’ll give you detailed instructions for incision care. This includes: cleaning your incision, preventing infection, getting enough rest, avoiding stress on the incision, and other tips for ensuring your incision heals well.

To learn more about plastic surgery and what you can do to get the best possible results, please contact Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso today to schedule a consultation at his Tampa area practice.

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